Kilimanjaro charity climb for severely disabled Preston boy

Posted on - 26th September, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News

John Grant and Sean Chadwick

John Grant, 55, and his son-in-law Sean Chadwick, 35, are preparing to climb the tallest mountain in Africa to raise money for a severely disabled boy.


Rory Curzon Smith, aged six, was born prematurely by four months and has hypotonia, as well as various sensory and digestion issues.

John decided to tackle Kilimanjaro and later chose to raise money for Rory, a family friend, after reading his Journey of Hope on Facebook.

The pair will travel to Tanzania in September to complete their challenge.

Rory’s parents recently discovered the Family Hope Programme, which offers Rory extremely intensive support, therapies and rehabilitation.

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John Grant said: “After¬†reading about Rory‚Äôs Journey of Hope on Facebook – a local lad and friend of both my wife and daughter – I thought we should try and help Rory on his journey while aiming to complete our own.

“Rory was born 4 months premature and has many resulting complex issues.

“However his parents have discovered the Family Hope Programme.

“It costs them thousands of pounds every year but the early results are so spectacular, his parents want to continue the programme to give their son the best future possible.”

“So we would like to invite you all along to help us help Rory.

“Hopefully together we can all make Rory‚Äôs journey that little bit brighter, bring one or two smiles and hopefully some laughter for him along the way.”

You can donate to the Kilimanjaro charity hike online via the fundraising page.

You can also follow Rory’s journey on his Facebook Page.

What do you think about the Kilimanjaro hike? Will you be donating? Let us know in the comments below

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